5 May 2022: Rum romerías; Bikini-power; Football!; & Other stuf

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Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España/Galiza 

Here’s a Fascinating Spain article on Spain’s best romerías. Nice to see one of ours in Pontevedra province tops the list. I attended it yeas ago was was suitably dumbfounded by the whole thing.

A documentary from RTVE looks at the ‘Bikini Democracy’, when the first foreign tourists arrived in the late fifties brought changes to Spain’s old-fashioned and fusty way of life. Here it is, in Spanish.

It must be spring. Firstly, it suddenly got warmer. Secondly, the beggars are back in town. And, thirdly, so is the bloody Romanian accordionist who talks to me in incomprehensible Spanish, as if I were his best friend, and then sticks out his hand for money – assuming I haven’t been alerted by the distant sound of one of his infernal 3 tunes and sought temporary sanctuary indoors.

Footnote on that semi-final last night . .  Manchester City scored in the 73rd minute, at which point Real Madrid hadn’t had a single shot on target. And then they went and scored 2 in time added on after 90 minutes and a winning 3rd in extra-time. That’s football, some would say. At least in the Bernabau stadium.  

The UK 

Getting close to traditional Spanish levels . . . Thanks to the pandemic, an unstable job market and sky-high rents, 28% of 20 to 34-year-olds now live at home – up 4 percentage points since 2011. But I guess the Spanish percentage will have increased also.

Russia

More local problems with definitions – Israel is now anti-Semitic, it seems. Or maybe a nation that needs de-Nazifying.

Spanish 

Avasalar: To subjugate/dominate/steamroll. Something Real Madrid left until very late last night. ‘To vassal-ise’, I guess

English 

Three unusual words:-

Tomecide: The destruction of a book

Lampadomancy: Augury by torch flame

Shotclog: A drinking companion tolerated because he pays for the drinks

Finally . . .

Funny Ha Ha:-

Funny peculiar . . .  From 200 hundred one day recently, my incoming Spam messages are now down to only 5-10 a day. One wonders why. Did some bastard get murdered?

For new reader(s): If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here. If you’re passing through Pontevedra on the Camino, you’ll find a guide to the city there.